with £5000 in cash weighing down your pockets and the OK to buy whatever you wanted, what you would you buy?
Linn MDS + Sugden A21 SE + Kef LS50
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
A custom built PC as the source.
A secondhand Yamaha RX-V667 receiver with analogue 'pre-outs' so that it can be used with active speakers.
Five AVI ADM9RSS speakers and an AVI 10" subwoofer used in a 5.1 surround sound setup.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
No idea. It'd depend on where I was living. Some good speakers, a flexible source, something that'd let me make the most of HD Master Audio, maybe some big Genelecs, and a second traditional system.
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
EDIT: Started again and loving it!
PC > O2+ODAC > HD 650
Lavardin IS Reference amplifier & Harbeth HLP3ESR Speakers
Enjoy the music!
I would spin back the wheel of time to just before I bought a Naim Nait 5i/CD5i/NAT05/nSats system in March 2009, and then (with 20/20 hindsight of course) wait patiently until Naim launched their first NaimUniti.
With your generous £5000 (thanks mate) I would have had enough to partner the 'Uniti with a pair of Harbeth P3ESRs.
If memory serves correctly, I would still have had £1500 left over from that budget to afford to re-decorate the living room and have a nice gourmet weekend for two at Gidleigh Park hotel with my wife. (Do-able at their 2009 prices.)
Thanks again for the £5000 - and the loan of the time machine - to 'start again'. (And the food was excellent.)
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Apple iPad Mini • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
Couldn't work with 5K lol!... might do for a second system of Sugden A21, Harbeth P3's and an old Marantz 63i.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Would go the active speakers route, probably ATC`s but would need to add a bit to the 5 grand !!
Windows 8 laptop with Jriver MC19 playing FLAC->MF V-Link II->Moon300D Dac->ATC-CA2 Pre-> ATC P1 Power Amp -> ProAc Response D18 Floorstanders + BK Monolith Plus Sub ,Chord speaker cable and inters,DSpeaker Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core Room Correction
Probably would start by trying a Naim Uniti 2 and some PMC twenty:23.
But if I had some time to spend, then maybe a Prima Luna amp and some Sonus faber Venere 2.5. Then again, I've never owned panels, so maybe some Magnepans. Or perhaps just a Unitilite and some Guru Juniors or KEF LS50s, and the rest on NAS, downloads and some neat cabling...
Or a 50% deposit on a Devialet amp, and raid my pension and savings for the rest of the system. Now we're talking...
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
Musical Fidelity M6i, Audiolab 8200cd and B&W CM8. Even though I own two of these now, starting from scratch, thats where I would be.........hmmm just need to save for that amp, when I have finished moving house, buying new furniture, saving for daughters uni time etc etc
System1-Roksan Kandy L3 amp, Audiolab 8200 CD, B&W CM8's, Sonos zp90, Appletv for spotify via macbook pro. Russ Andrews Classic PowerKord on Roksan & Audiolab.
System2-Marantz cd603, airplay via mac, Sonos zp90, Q Acoustics 2010
Home cinema-Pioneer vsx2020, virgin tivo, Boxee, pioneer bluray, humax hdsat pvr, kef3005 speakers, wdtv live, lg590 50 TV
Games room- pana 42" tv, ps3, sony reciever, humax freeview box, ma speakers, Sonos zp90
Master bedroom- Sonos zp120, Cyrus CD8 SE, Linn Kelidh speakers, Pioneer 26" tv, Panasonic bluray, virgin tv box. All rooms fed 30 mb broadband via homeplugs
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
ADM9RSS + ADM Sub, taller stands and the rest on music.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
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